It’s August 1st !

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Miau ! Miaou ! Miao ! It’s our National Day today !

drapeau suisseThe history of Switzerland is a little complicated : it is made by battles, by alliances, by invasions, by resistance, by religious wars, and by opportunism. It is little as troubles between tomcats in fact.

The holiday of August 1st commemorates the founding act of Swiss Confederation, the Pact of 1291. It was celebrated the first time in 1891, and the date of August 1st was chosen because this famous pact was signed at the beginning of August, but without we know the exact date.

Switzerland has a peculiarity (among others !) which always amazes : we mew in several languages on this small territory ! We mew in French (22 %), in German (66 %), in Italian (8 %), or in Romansh (0,6 %) ! And a part of cats stemming from the immigration mew even in another language (3.4 %). Most of us speak more than one language.

Then no, in Switzerland, we do not speak “Swiss”: the official languages of Switzerland are German, French, and Italian.

Miau ! Miaou ! Miao ! It’s our National Day today !

Stephanie behind the camera

Stephanie behind the camera

Stephanie behind the camera

Stephanie behind the camera

18 thoughts on “It’s August 1st !

  1. Sparkle

    Happy August 1st to you! I wish more humans who spoke different languages would get along – there seems to be an issue with that here in our country.

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  2. Marg

    Well you learn something every day. I did not know that Switzerland had three languages. That is terrific. You all have a great day and Happy National day.

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  3. Nerissa's Life

    HAPPY NATIONAL DAY!

    Very interestin’ about those languages. Very interestin’, indeed.

    Here in Canada, English and French are the ‘official’ languages although I’ve never known why the languages of the First Nations aren’t officially, official, too. I mean… they were here first, right?

    Peep #1’s daddy spoke nothin’ but Finnish until he went to school where he learned English. The peep’s Finn isn’t that great. She can say “yes,” “no,” count to ten and ask, “What is that?” which is a pretty stupid thing to ask in Finn if you don’t know enough of the language to understand the answer. MOUSES!

    Anywho… I speak Cat but understand most peep languages but that’s ’cause I’m a cat and cats are smart. Of course, you probably already knew that.

    Purrs,
    Nissy #Niss4Senate – tell the PM, today

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  4. da tabbies o trout towne

    happy national switerland day zorro & pixie !! ♥
    happee week oh end two all N heerz ta lemon sole & lake trout ♥

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  5. Timmy Tomcat

    You mean you do not meow in Switzerlandish?
    MOL
    That is so very interesting. Our land seems to be adding a language, Spanish which it is helpful if you know
    Have a grand day of celebration and make sure the humans give you extra goodies!
    Timmy and Family

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  6. Deztinee High

    Dat’s so cool. Meez didn’t know any of dat. Happy Nat’l Swiss day. Weez luv da holey cheese wiff da same name. 🙂 And guess what? Wees luv yous so vewy much tu. Hope yous havin’ a pawsum weekend.

    Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

    Dezi

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  7. Bev Green

    Well happy belated National day guys! what a really interesting post ..funny I never really though of all the languages that would make up your country..and indeed I did think you all spoke Swiss! the great thing about blogging is to learn these things…and to see gorgeous kitties of course!! 🙂 so we hope you had a fab day and enjoyed in style! hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

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  8. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    Happy August 1st!! Hope you all had a great day. Very interesting about the languages – we must admit that we did not know what language was spoken in Switzerland. So kitties, do you speak all of those languages too?? 😉
    Thanks for stopping by our blog! We always love making new furiends 🙂

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